As part of a pilot project, the logistics company DB Schenker has for the first time taken a T-Pod journey on a public road. Built by the Swedish company Einride , it is an electrically operated truck without a driver’s cab. The vehicle can be controlled from a distance using Phantom Auto‘s remote control technology and a 5G mobile communications network. The T-Pod is nevertheless also equipped with Nvidia Drive , an autonomous driving software, and can find its way around independently via radar sensors, the Lidar laser system and cameras. As part of a pilot project scheduled to run until the end of 2020, the truck travels back and forth between a warehouse and a DB Schenker terminal in a Swedish industrial zone. Einride’s T-Pod was approved for Swedish roads in March 2019.
The T-Pod’s batteries charge up to 200 kWh, which is apparently enough to cover about 200 km. It reaches a maximum speed of 85 km/h. The truck accommodates up to 15 Euro pallets. Einride has also developed an autonomous wood transporter called T-log.